Stephanie McMahon Levesque, better known to the wrestling world as simply Stephanie McMahon, is a part-time wrestler, as well as the Chief Brand Officer, and a minority owner of World Wrestling Entertainment. She is married to fellow part-time wrestler and WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events, and Creative, Paul Levesque otherwise known as Triple H. She is also the daughter of the WWE CEO, Chairman, and, majority owner Vince McMahon.
From her current role as a member of The Authority, to playing the love interest of Kurt Angle, The Undertaker, and the late Test (Andrew Martin), to becoming the WWE Women's Champion, to being involved in on-screen feuds with her father, mother, and her brother, Stephanie, has played a part in numerous WWE storylines since she first made her television debut for her father's company in 1999. She has even been named the General Manager of both of the company's signature television shows Monday Night Raw and Smackdown on separate occasions.
The mother of three, and former Boston University Communications graduate is also extremely accomplished behind the scenes of the WWE as well. Besides her aforementioned job title, she has forged various partnerships with many companies including the social media company Tout, General Mills, and Yahoo amongst others. She has also been the driving force behind the WWE's popular Anti-Bullying Campaign, which continues to see her, her husband, and many of wrestling organization's Superstars and Divas spread the message to numerous children about the dangers of bullying.
Despite of all the positive things I just mentioned, Stephanie McMahon will still go down in wrestling history as a heel. While it's a testament to her ability as a performer to get people to hate her so much, she has on more than one occasion, definitely played her part to get all of the negative attention. All of that aforementioned negativity is what this article is all about. I am giving you the Top 10 reasons why we love to the hate Stephanie McMahon.
9 Her Looks
8 Handed Everything
7 More of the Same
6 The Women's Champ
5 Triple H
On screen and in real life, Stephanie McMahon Levesque is married to Paul Leveesque, better known to wrestling fans everywhere as Triple H. The self proclaimed "Kings of Kings" who has been with the organization since debuting in 1995, teamed up with his wife in the summer of 2013 to form "The Authority". They are a heel group that uses their power as decision-makers in the WWE to make life easy for their friends like Kane and Seth Rollins, while stacking the odds against their foes like Daniel Bryan and John Cena. They're still currently the WWE's biggest heel stable.
Triple H over his career has been accused of legitimately trying bury wrestlers who he has issues with, or he didn't think were big enough stars. Although there has never been any real solid proof of it, the fact that big name wrestlers like Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, Scott Steiner, and Bill Goldberg haven't stepped foot in the WWE in years, or the fact legends like Booker T, RVD, and Sting amongst others have lost big matchups against the man called "The Game" speaks volumes. Although it could seem like guilt by association, Stephanie did marry the guy...
4 Head of Creative Horror Stories
While Shane McMahon made his rise through the WWE on the business side of things, Stephanie's run began through the creative path. Stephanie was made the head of creative at a relatively young age and many who worked under her were not fans of working for her. She would lash out at writers whenever they used wrestling terms like 'mark' or 'getting color'. One former writer Dan Madigan recalls a story where he took time off to go to a funeral, only to get an angry phone call from Stephanie demanding him to get back to work.
3 Diva's Division/Hypocrisy?
@StephMcMahon Your female wrestlers have record selling merchandise & have starred in the highest rated segment of the show several times,
— A.J. (@WWEAJLee) February 25, 2015
For a woman with so much power in the company, it would be logical to assume that the company's division which consists of many extremely talented and beautiful wrestlers, would be featured more not just on WWE television, but on their pay-per-views as well. Although we have seen a slight improvement here and there over the last 12 months, there still lacks a lot of consistency as it relates to how the women are used.
1 The Takeover
Despite his impressive physique, and mind for the business, the fact remains that Vincent Kennedy McMahon will be turning 70 years old this summer. While he hasn't shown any real signs of slowing down, there will eventually come a day where Vince won't be the person in charge of the WWE. While many thought his son, and Stephanie's brother Shane would ultimately take over, that idea was dashed after Shane left the company for good in 2010 to pursue other interests.
While some people might assume that Triple H will be Vince's successor due his lengthy career in the ring along with the considerable amount of power he possesses in the company, the logical person to take the crown has to be Stephanie. Not only has she been in the organization longer than almost everyone else there, she is as we discussed earlier - a McMahon. Whether or not she has the talent to not only drive the company to succeed for as long as it has like her father, but to also learn from his mistakes remains to be seen. Will we see the sports entertainment giant flourish whenever the Stephanie Era starts, or will we see it crumble like their competition from yesteryear? Only time will tell.
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